Southport was founded in 1792 when one William Sutton opened a small hotel where Lord Street and Duke Street meet. The town slowly flourished from there and shops and houses were built, creating what became the now iconic Lord Street.
Independent businesses have always flourished in the town, with Southport enjoying a reputation for exclusive stores in the glory days of high street shopping. Times have changed, the internet has taken over, landscapes have evolved and exciting new businesses and entrepreneurs make Southport their home still – but who has lasted the distance?
Read about some of Southport’s oldest indies here, including the original Duke’s hotel!
Now in its fourth generation of family owners this iconic shop and stunning building was opened by Walter Connard in 1883. Still in its original location with many of it’s original fixtures, Connard’s remains Southport’s oldest family run firm – 137 years and counting! Daughter Elizabeth also owns and runs the successful neighbouring business Lilibets.
Where: 421 Lord Street
Find out more: connards.co.uk
One of Southport’s longest standing family run businesses, June’s opened in it’s iconic corner premises and has been blooming in Southport for almost 100 years
Where: 108 Lord Street
Find out more: junetheflorist.co.uk
Broadhurst’s bookshop on Market Street is now the oldest independent bookshop in the North West of England. Originally opened in 1920 by it’s namesake Charles Broadhurst it hosts thousands of new, secondhand and rare books over four spectacular floors.
Where: 5 Market Street
Find out more: ckbroadhurst.co.uk
Opened over 200 years ago, The Cheshire lines is Southport’s oldest pub. The pub has kept all of its charm and still boasts the original fire hearth from the railway bridge. The pub originally stood along the train line extension linking Southport to Liverpool and beyond, which operated from 1882 – 1952.
Where: 81 King Street
Find out more: cheshirelinessouthport.com
On the North end of Lord Street, Weldon’s have been in business since 1915 selling eclectic and diverse jewellery and antiques from around the world.
Where: 567 Lord Street
Find out more: weldonsjewelry.com
The Bold Hotel
This landmark Southport hotel was originally built in 1830 and has remained independent for almost two centuries. Built when the town was still just a village, it boasted stunning countryside views. Now owned by Andrew Mikhail, it has recently undergone a spectacular makeover and a brand new mural painted by Liverpool artist Paul Curtis.
Where: 538 Lord Street
Find out more: boldhotel.com
The Duke’s Folly
Finally, we end where we began, with the The Duke’s Folly Hotel. The current hotel was built in 1861, just seven years following the demolition of the original inn built by Southport’s founder William Sutton in 1798. The new hotel took it’s name from the fact the original hotel was dubbed ‘The Dukes Folly’ locally. Owner Agnes, an architect has spent the last few years renovating and putting her skills into creating a unique and memorable hotel
Where: 11 Duke Street
Find out more: dukesfolly.co.uk
We love a bit of local history – so if you know of other long standing businesses within the town and have any stories to share please tell us in the comments!